It was around this time that Victoria decided she would indulge her lifelong wish to show jump. She bought a lovely Thoroughbred from Di Dawson which she agisted and trained with George Sanna, who told her she had a hopeless eye and ought to go eventing ! Gambit looked after her brilliantly in both sports.
Victoria decided she wanted to be involved with horses full time so she bought a property in Sydney’s Hills District, and started another business, Horses for Courses, where she bought, sold and trained horses for the Olympic sports, and also became an EFA instructor.
She has trained with many of Australia’s best - including Vince Corvi, Clemens Dierks, Heath Harris, Andrew McLean, Edgar Lichtwark, Glenn Fryer and Warrick Cozens.
It was during this time that she acquired her equine partner extraordinaire, Gamekeeper, who became a brilliant Grand Prix dressage horse. He was a fiery Thoroughbred who inspired a generation of dressage competitors with his international paces and superior ability. His 14 year career began as a showjumping reject due to his bucking and bad behaviour. They represented Australia three times – in the Haig, Samsung and Volvo World Cups, and the highlight of their career was their selection on the long list for the Australian Dressage Team to the World Equestrian Games in 1990.